Published: 2020-11-23 15:52
Last Updated: 2020-11-23 16:21
"The Right of Persons with Disabilities to Found a Family" virtual conference kicked off Monday involving disabled persons, disability rights advocates, experts and representatives of government institutions.
The three-day conference is held under the patronage of the President of the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities His Royal Highness Prince Mired bin Ra'ad. The conference aims to shed light on disabled persons' right to get married and start families, and combat stereotypes that affect their quality of life. Their right to have kids and raise them must be protected and not restricted.
President of the Hashemite University Fawaz al-Zboun stressed that universities have a key role in tackling this issue. Universities can work on conducting the relevant research and providing the 'intellectual and methodological' tools that contribute to building an inclusive society that offers equal opportunities for all, he added.
The conference aims to look into the legal and religious aspects related to this issue, the right to self-determination, the right to sexual education and access to reproductive health services. It will also discuss the issue of psychological and social violence against persons with disabilities, especially women and children.
On day three, a workshop will be held bringing together experts and specialists in the field of the rights of persons with disabilities to finalize a set of recommendations for a general action plan that supports the right of persons with disabilities to start families.
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Law No. 20 of 2017 stipulates that persons with disabilities have the right to start a family and the right to access reproductive health services.